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Memento Park

Creators:Young, Carey


Type of Research:Art/Design Item
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Memento Park was shot in a statue park in Budapest which contains a large collection of monumental, socialist realist Soviet statues in poses of ‘suspended animation’.
We see the statues surrounded by suburban housing, open land, commercial signage, electricity pylons and a busy road with thundering industrial traffic. The bustling contemporary life passing by outside the park seems to undercut the statues' historical importance and impressive physical impact by giving them a provisional, peripheral, Robert Smithson-esque context.

Nevertheless, the seductive lushness of the surrounding greenery, shot mainly at the beginning and end of the day, gives these icons of propaganda a strange and beautiful serenity, like we are witnessing the dusk and dawn of an idyll.

Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > London College of Communication
Colleges > London College of Communication

Research Centres/Networks > Photography & the Archive Research Centre (PARC)
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Copyright Holders:Carey Young
Funders:TrAIN, LCC, Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Cornerhouse (Manchester), mima (Middlesbrough)
Related Websites:http://www.careyyoung.com/past/mementopark.html
Related Exhibitions:Memento Park (touring solo exhibition)
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Eastside Projects, BirminghamNovember 2010January 2011
Cornerhouse, ManchesterFebruary 2010April 2011
mima, MiddlesbroughApril 2011July 2011
Material/Media:HD video
Measurements or Duration of item:10 minutes 24 seconds
ID Code:2805
Deposited By:Carey Young
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 14:58
Last Modified:02 Nov 2011 14:58
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